Whether you are a traveler or a first-time tourist who want to visit a country in the Southeast Asia, the Philippines can provide you with an array of spectacular tourist spots which will surely arouse your interest and desire. On top of these beautiful places, you will discover the pride of Filipinos anywhere you go. Filipinos are well-known for hospitality and they are cooperative and respectful too.
You can never miss your way while in the Philippines because you can be guided by anybody. Even children speak English language in a manner that can easily be understood.
What more, you can choose the kind of accommodation you prefer, whether in a 5-star hotel or in a middle-class apartel. In the countryside, there are first-class hotels to accommodate you and even lodging houses which you can rent at a minimal cost. You can also book in the lodging quarters inside the beach area with fantastic ambience comprising of the lush garden and the cool breeze from the sea.
If you prefer to see the capital City of Manila first before going to your destinations, you can hire registered cars-for-hire right at the international airport or flag a taxi and have your accommodation nearby, which will take you only for 30 minutes travel from the airport on a clear traffic day. In Manila, you can have photos of the century-old churches, Spanish-designed forts and modern museums housing ancient artifacts.
You can visit the seat of the Philippine government called Malacañang Palace, where the President of the Philippines resides. You will see a kind of city blended with American and Spanish influences which paved the way to the creation of a new Manila, which is now a huge urban area known as Metro Manila.
You have the option to visit the Bicol region where the famous perfect cone of Mayon Volcano is situated. It is amazing to see the old church which was covered when the volcano spewed a great quantity of lava and ashes in the 18th century. This is the site where thousands of people gathered for safety but were buried alive during its first eruption. Today, only part of the church where bells rang can be seen from the outside.
Then, you can travel to Boracay which is a world-class swimming destination, endowed with fine sand beaches. Its crystal-clear waters are fitted for swimming, sailing, fishing and sunbathing. You can also find Boracay sapphire seas and spectacular sunsets with hidden coves in the island. Boracay is situated at the northwest tip of Panay, in the west Visayas region.
Your next destination can be the beautiful site of Palawan which is a sanctuary to a variety of exotic flora and fauna. Palawan is also home to the famous Tubbataha Reef which is the only national marine park that made it to the World Heritage List. Palawan is well-known for white-sand beaches, scenic rock formations, underwater rivers and fantastic caves.
If you have ample time, visit the summer capital of the country, Baguio City, where you can enjoy a cool weather. From Baguio City, you can go to Banaue Rice Terraces which is considered as the 8th wonder of the world. The terraces were constructed manually by the native Ifugaos.